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01-02-2004, 02:54 PM
G Man 77
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The PowerPlay: discussion

I've seen a lot of people knocking players by saying "a lot of their points come off the PP".

Well guys who can make our PP work are very important, because most can't on this team... so I don't see the fact that certain players have success on the PP as something that should be seen in a negative light.

Dagenais can split time on the 2nd line with Ward 5-on-5, then get the PP time... Perreault is another one who while he's still here can play on the 4th yet still help the PP.

The problem with having these types of "PP specialists" though is that most coaches like to use PP time as a reward for lines that are playing well... but what's more important, having the best PP players on the ice or keeping your best 5-on-5 players happy?

I say this team is so lacking offensively they have to play their best possible PP... leave the rewards for when the games are out of hand one way or the other.

Another problem I have is that on some nights we have our 1st PP unit that is very effective, but the 2nd unit is just awful and doesn't generate a thing.
Why not keep your 1st PP unit on the whole 2 minutes then?... when you're settled into the offensive you barely skate at all, fatigue is not an issue.

Some of the best players in the league like Mario, McInnis at the point, etc.. stay for practically the whole penalty. I agree with that, especially on teams where the 2nd wave just isn't effective.
I'd like to see Souray stay there the whole time, ditto any other player who is making the PP work on a given night.

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